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Man on run 'stabbed his ex-wife' in Barking

A criminal who absconded from prison twice stabbed his ex-wife while evading justice, a court has heard.

In 2001 William Bewley, 48, absconded from Leyhill open prison, Bristol. While on the run he married Karen Wade.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard Bewley attacked Miss Wade on two occasions, stabbing her outside her home in Barking, east London, in 2004.

Bewley, once of Cotehill, denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm and wounding with intent.

He admits unlawfully absconding from prison.

Prosecutor Catherine Farrelly said Bewley threatened his former wife after he was sent back to jail and she ended their marriage.

She said: "Miss Wade decided the marriage was over and wanted nothing more to do with him.

"The defendant wasn't very happy about this and he threatened her and her children."

Bewley then absconded from prison for a second time.

'Sharp punch'

On 31 December 2004 Miss Wade was celebrating New Year's Eve at home with friends when she took her rubbish out, the court heard.

The jury was told Miss Wade felt what she thought was a sharp punch to her shoulder.

She saw Bewley standing behind her - but only later realised she had been stabbed.

A tip-off led police to a home in Kent and he was finally arrested in June 2010.

Describing his relationship with the alleged victim as a "marriage of convenience", he added: "Anything to do with Barking, I don't know anything about it."

The trial continues.

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